5 Hair Product Ingredients You Should Try

Are you still working for the perfect hair products for you? You know, your holy grail, go-to products that will instantly tame your wild mane and banish your frizzes forever?

Well, we’ve got a couple of ideas that may help. In today’s article, we’ve listed down 5 hair product ingredients you should try!

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Rosemary

I know what you’re thinking: who puts rosemary in their hair? Is it reserved for spicing up various dishes?

Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), Rosemary can be really beneficial for the hair. It can help stimulate hair growth, prevent early hair loss, slow down greying hair, and keep the scalp free from dandruff.

You can easily make your own Rosemary Leave-In Conditioner just by mixing rosemary leaves or essential oil , water, and tea infuser in a spray bottle. Simply add the three ingredients together in a pot and boil it before putting it in the bottle.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is an extract that comes from the jojoba plant, an endemic shrub in the Southwestern area of the United States.

It offers a whole slew of benefits from the hair, which is why it’s no surprise that this ingredient is being used in plenty of commercial hair products. Jojoba oil can not only repair damaged ends, but it can also be used to balance the oil production happening on your scalp.

This effectively reduces oily hair and provides your hair with much-needed moisture and shine.

Avocado Oil

Avocado was already an all-around superfood, to begin with, but did you know that you can use it to improve your crowning glory’s condition too?

It contains plenty of vitamin B and E which can help make your hair look healthier than ever. Thanks to its high levels of fat, avocado oil also has the ability to retain your hair’s moisture, therefore making it softer and shinier. It even helps you avoid further damage in the future by strengthening your strands’ bonds!

Castor Seed Oil

Castor seed oil didn’t use to be a common ingredient when it comes to hair products, but for the last few years, it’s been making waves in the hair community for its amazing properties.

For one, it has anti-fungal properties, which means your scalp will remain clean with your pores unclogged. Many people have also reported seeing great hair growth while using castor oil.

If you want to try it yourself, you can do a ‘patch’ test by applying it on your temple area first. If it does work, you’ll see your hair in that area get thicker than the previous day. However, if it still doesn’t work, better luck next time.

Vegetable Glycerin

Vegetable glycerin is often found in natural hair products. This hair product ingredient is good at binding moisture to the shafts and absorbing humidity from the hair.

Not to mention, vegetable glycerin can actually coat your entire shaft and protect it from possible damages. By doing so, it’s making your hair a lot less prone to breakages.

Have you tried any of these hair product ingredients? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

And of course, for more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check the rest of our ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 28TH MAY 2020

7 Ways To Protect Your Hair From The Sun

We may love how warm and bright the sun makes us feel, but too much sun exposure can mean bad news for our hair.

In today’s article, we’ll show you 7 easy and simple ways to protect your hair from the sun!

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1. Avoid certain hair ingredients

Not all hair ingredients are good for the hair at all times. Hair products with ingredients like lemon juice, alcohol, peroxide, and even some essential oils can cause sun sensitivity.

For the first three products, specifically, going out into the sun with those ingredients in your hair can cause your hair to lighten considerably. However, your hair (and even your hair extensions, if you’re wearing them!) will also suffer from extreme drying and even damage.

2. Wear a hat or a cap

This is probably the easiest way to protect your hair from the sun: block the sun out! A hat or a cap is a great way to physically block the sun’s harmful rays from reaching your precious strands. Plus, a cute sun hat can be pretty fashionable too, which makes this a good choice if you’re out traveling.

3. Tie your hair

Tying your hair doesn’t exactly protect it from the sun per se, but it does protect your hair from getting dried out and fried under the heat.

You could put your hair in protective hairstyles like braids in order to prevent frizziness when you’re out and about.

4. Apply a hair sunscreen

If a hat can protect your hair from the sun physically, then a sunscreen protects your hair chemically.

UV rays or ultraviolet rays are invisible rays that can harm your hair’s outside protection, the hair cuticles. When these are damaged, your hair tends to become more brittle and fragile than usual, which leads to easy breakage. Some of the signs that your hair is sun-damaged include discoloration, frizziness, dehydrated strands, and split ends.

SPF in sunscreen aims to prevent those harmful rays from penetrating your hair shaft. The SPF molecules either absorb the rays or reflect them, making your hair more resistant to UV rays.

5. Use hair products with SPF

Sunscreen isn’t the only hair product with SPF. Many other hair products have SPF too. If you’re out on a trip and you don’t have sunscreen right now, you could check if any of your products have SPF.

Products that may have SPF include hairspray and hair serums. Some brands even carry shampoos and conditioners that have SPF in them.

6. Wash with clarifying shampoo

If you use hair products with SPF, it’s very important that you wash with clarifying shampoo at least once a week in order to get rid of all the build-up. This is also important if you’re using hair extensions because you wouldn’t want all the grease and dirt to remain on your extensions, do you?

7. Deep-condition your hair regularly

Deep-conditioning your hair regularly helps it become more hydrated and moisturized. Hydrated and moisturized hair tend to be more resistant to sun damage. Besides, if your hair is already showing early signs of sun damage, a good deep conditioning session could help fix the problem.

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PUBLISHED 25TH MAY 2020

Hair Product Ingredients For People With Allergies

Allergies can be a huge pain. At times, they can even be fatal. The worst type of allergies is always those that are commonly found in daily life. For instance, shampoo and conditioner. If you’ve ever had an allergic reaction before due to something common, you’ll know exactly what we mean.

Are you sensitive to different ingredients? Today, we’ll discuss some good hair product ingredients for people with allergies!

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1. Argan oil

Argan oil can greatly help with increasing moisture and hair elasticity.

And for people with allergies, you’ll be happy to know that it’s very rare to see someone who’s allergic to argan oil. In fact, researchers from the American Contact Dermatitis Society have only recorded 1 allergy case due to topical argan oil to date.

2. Shea butter

Shea butter is typically found on products such as hair masks and hair creams. It’s a great moisturizer with anti-inflammatory properties that can aid with scalp irritation and redness.

Allergies due to shea butter are very rare, if not almost non-existent. In fact, shea butter is often used to treat contact dermatitis, the kind of allergy that arises from touching something you’re allergic to.

3. Aloe vera

If you want a national conditioner for your hair, aloe vera is one of the best ingredients for you, making your hair smoother and shinier in an instant. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent itching.

Like Shea butter, aloe vera can also be used to soothe allergies. Excessive amounts may cause some kind of allergy, but if used in moderation, aloe vera rarely ever triggers allergies in people.

4. Lavender

Not a lot of people are aware that lavender extract or lavender oil can be used on hair. Actually, lavender has plenty of benefits. It’s great at stimulating hair growth, reducing scalp inflammation, and keeping lice at bay. Most of all, the smell of lavender has a calming effect on most people.

Lavender allergies are very uncommon. In addition to this, lavender allergies are usually caused by hypersensitivity developed over time. If you’re going to use lavender as a hair product ingredient, just make sure not to overdo it.

5. Honey

Many hair products make use of honey due to its numerous benefits to hair. It can help reduce hair loss, hair breakage, and hair damages. It also helps to make your hair much stronger and healthier.

Allergic reactions due to honey are very rare. In fact, one study estimates that honey allergies account affect <0.001% of the general population.

Do take note that some people may still be allergic to the items listed above, however, that’s usually very rare. If you’ve got an allergy to one of these ingredients, obviously, you shouldn’t try these products on your hair.

We hope this article helped you in choosing safe hair product ingredients for you! For more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check out our ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 19TH MAY 2020

How To Keep Blonde Hair Bright

Blonde hair may look glamorous, but when you’re not born with golden locks, hair maintenance can be quite a struggle at times. The sad truth is that dyed blonde hair doesn’t stay bright forever, and few, if not none, like 

In today’s article, we’ll show you some tips and tricks on how to keep blonde hair bright!

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1. Limit your washes

Washing your hair too often can cause your hair color to fade much faster. By limiting the number of times you’re washing your hair, you’re actually lengthening the time that the color stays on your strands.

2. Don’t use hot water

Hot water increases the risk of your hair becoming dehydrated. If you really can’t shower with cold water, you can use lukewarm water instead. Just make sure that your water isn’t too hot whenever you shower and you’ll be fine. For best results, end your shower with a cold water rinse for your hair!

3. Protect your hair from the sun

Protect Your Hair From The Sun

The sun’s harsh rays can make even the most gorgeous strands look dry and washed out. If you want to keep blonde hair bright, stay out of the sun as much as possible. You can always use an umbrella, a hat, or a scarf in case you really need to go outdoors. Be sure to include hair sunscreen in your daily hair regimen too!

4. Choose products for colored hair

There are many products that are specifically formulated for different types of hair. Using one that doesn’t match your own won’t harm your hair, per se, but it certainly won’t be as effective. If you’re going to choose a hair product, double-check if the formulation is suitable for dyed hair first.

6. Use purple shampoo or toner

If your hair is already becoming brassy, the best quick fix is purple shampoo or toner. Here at ZALA, we have the Cool Down Hair Extensions Toning Shampoo, which you can also use for your natural hair. It greatly reduces the brassiness and instantly turns your blonde hair back into its gorgeous, bright color.

And there you have it, some quick tips on how to keep blonde hair bright. Keep shining!

For more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check out our ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 16TH MARCH 2020

How To Pick The Right Product For Your Natural Hair

It’s not always easy to pick the right product for your natural hair.

One can say that you can simply do trial and error, but let’s face it, we don’t always have enough time, resources, or money to do that. If only it was that easy to try out all the hair products in the world and just pick out the ones that work for us best, huh?

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Now, although that’s certainly not possible, it is possible to make educated guesses regarding which hair products to use–especially if you’re knowledgeable about the topic. In this article, we’ll tell you how to pick the right product for your natural hair!

Hair Type

The best way to determine the right product for your natural hair is to take a look at your very own hair type. 

Lighter hair products like hair sprays or hair creams perform best on thinner hair types. Heavy products tend to unnecessarily weigh down the strands, giving it a dull, tired look. The product must be light enough.

On the other hand, if you’ve got thick strands, you can use heavier products like hair wax or hair paste without much risk. Light products are also typically too light to affect really thick strands.

Season

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Seasonal changes can affect which products you use for your hair. It’s only natural to use different products for winter and different products for summer. 

If you’ve got a holy grail product that works amazingly during the hotter months, you should understand that it may not be as effective during the colder months. It’s best if you have two sets of products that you can use for different seasons throughout the year.

Budget

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When it comes to budgeting for hair products, you always have the option to go cheap or to go all-out. Some brands can go as low as $5 for their products, others as high as $50. 

Most of the time, the difference is already noticeable when you buy the products. Drugstore or supermarket brands tend to be cheaper, albeit the effectiveness of such products is still up for debate. Salon brands, on the other hand, are certainly more expensive, but many would say that they 

Nevertheless, it’s important to keep in mind that expensive prices do not always mean better quality products. If you’ve tried one product and it already works for you, it makes no sense to switch it out for a product simply because that one is more expensive.

For instance, our hair products here at ZALA are affordable yet highly effective for various hair types, thanks to our unique formulation.

Conclusion

We hope this helped you pick the right product for your hair type! But don’t beat yourself up if it takes you longer to find the perfect product for you. Remember, your hair is like a washable canvas, so don’t be scared to try and try again!

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PUBLISHED 14TH MARCH 2020